World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated on 1 November, by vegans around the world, and people who are supportive of veganism. The Day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then President and Chair of The Vegan Society UK. World Vegan Day marks the start of World Vegan Month every year, commemorating the coining of the term, 'vegan' and the founding of The Vegan Society in November 1944.
Find out how other people are celebrating through The Vegan Society Facebook page.
Vegans avoid using animals for any reason.
Over 1 billion animals are killed for food every year in the UK alone. Male calves and chicks are often destroyed at less than one day old. Other animals have feelings and preferences similar to ours so their exploitation causes much suffering.
Farming animals for food is wasteful. The global livestock industry is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions and uses enough calories to feed 3.5 billion humans per year. Each time you have a plant-based lunch, you'll reduce your carbon footprint by the equivalent of 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over an average animal-based lunch like a hamburger, a tuna sandwich, grilled cheese, or chicken nuggets. For dinner you save 2.8 pounds and for breakfast 2.0 pounds of emissions. If you have a veggie meal instead of a red-meat lunch like a ham sandwich or a hamburger, you shrink your carbon footprint by almost 3.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. 133 gallons of water conserved at lunch versus the average American lunch. Don't forget the land you save from deforestation, over-grazing, and pesticide and fertilizer pollution: about 24 square feet at lunch.
I'm not 100% vegan, though I'd like to be. Even if you’re not a vegan nor plan to become one, consider eating at least one meal this week without animal products. Or find and buy a vegan wine to enjoy!